JOHN W. KING, M.D.
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The National Office of Vital Statistics1 estimated that there were more than 200,000 illegitimate births in the United States in 1957. A comparison of this figure with estimates for previous years demonstrates that the illegitimacy rate has more than doubled in the last 15 years. The problem is a serious one, and if the trend continues the problem will become much more serious. Of the 200,000 illegitimate births more than 50% were to mothers 17 years old or younger.
In an attempt to rectify some of the inequities created by the birth of children out of wedlock, it is necessary
KING JW. EXCLUSION OF PATERNITY1. Ann Intern Med. 1960;53:412–419. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-53-2-412
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1960;53(2):412-419.
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